SOUTHINGTON — It was all about Janette Wadolowski — both on and off the court.
The moment one walked into Southington High School Monday night, photos of Wadolowski and the No. 33 were plastered everywhere.
The lone Blue Knights senior certainly shined on her senior night.
Wadolowski put up 25 points to not only help the Southington girls basketball team beat Northwest Catholic 71-36, but also moved up to the No. 3 spot on Southington’s all-time scoring list in the process.
“From not even knowing if I was going to hit 1,000 points to being the third highest is amazing,” Wadolowski said. “I’m going to keep striving to get to the top. It’s going to be tough but we’ll see what happens.”
Before Monday night’s game started, Wadolowski was sixth on Southington’s scoring list. She needed 21 points to get to the third spot and the Blue Knights made sure to she would achieve that goal.
At one point, Wadolowski scored 12 of the team’s 19 points in the second quarter.
Being the only senior, Wadolowski had a big role to fulfill this year. Her 12-person team was full of underclassmen despite the lone junior, Kristen Longley. Wadolowski took charge and led the team as the Blue Knights finished their regular season 15-5.
“We’re just recognizing a senior that has meant so much to me, to Southington basketball and just to the whole Southington community,” Southington head basketball coach Mike Forgione said. “You couldn’t ask for a better role model, as a person, as a student and as a player.”
The Blue Knights certainly made it a point to send Wadolowski out in her final regular season home game with a win.
Southington established itself early, jumping out to a 12-point lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and never gave the Lions a chance to catch up.
After Wadolowski and Kelley Marshall scored the first baskets of the game to give the Blue Knights an early 4-point lead, Southington utilized a 6-2 run.
Points were contributed by Ali Carr, Megan Mikosz and a 3-pointer from Brianna Harris.
The Lions finally found themselves on the board when Amber Charles scored a basket for two. But then with 12 seconds left in the first, Wadolowski stole the ball and brought it down the court where she then found Harris for the easy basket.
The second quarter was all Wadolowski as she doubled the output from the entirety of Northwest Catholic over the final eight minutes of the first half.
“It was a really big night,” Wadolowski said. “Our coach told us to just play it like any other game and to play strong.”
The Blue Knights had one strong quarter after another.
As the third quarter rolled around, Southington had a lead of 36. In total, 11 of the Blue Knights’ players recorded at least one basket.
Wadolowski finished off the night scoring seven of the Blue Knights’ nine points in the final quarter.
Currently ranked 13th in the Class LL standing, Southington will host the first round of the CCC Tournament on Thursday as the Blue Knights face off against either Berlin or E.O. Smith.
“We secured the eighth spot in the CCC tournament, which was a great accomplishment,” Forgione said. “We’re excited. It’s the No. 8 and No. 9 game, so obviously it’s no easy games once you get into the tournament. It’ll be a great experience for us, but I told the kids it’s a reward for all of their hard work.”
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